WS6 for Central Colorado Backcountry Skiers

Post by blogger | October 27, 2006      

Accuse me of braggadocio, but when you’ve got it flaunt it — at least when we’re talking about snow in Colorado. Wintry storm number six (WS6) hit like a full pressure fire hose evening before last, and snowed in the mountains through yesterday dropping up to two feet in places. I can see the western end of the Elk Mountains from here (Mount Sopris), and the alpine is caked as white as mid-March. Of course more moisture now means the climate will average with a dry year (or month) sometime in the future, but for now we rejoice in the positive goods that climate change has brought us.

Mount Sopris backcountry skiing area.
Mount Sopris, Colorado the day after WS6. A bit hazy today from the California wild fires.



2 Responses to “WS6 for Central Colorado Backcountry Skiers”

  1. Scott October 27th, 2006 5:22 pm

    Yes pretty amazing snow for this time of year. Skinned up Tiehack after work today, yeah I know, its just Buttermilk but still…. Really fantastic conditions most of the way back down. Nice sugary turns, and fairly deep in some sections, until the grass poked through near the bottom. Definitely worth the hike up, at least today anyways. I would imagine that the tops of Aspen, Highlands and Snowmass are even better. It was just nice to get the skins back out, breathe the fresh air, and make some turns!

  2. Derek October 28th, 2006 12:36 pm

    Rub it in, rub it in……;)

    We got some skiing in here in Utah, but nothing like you have there. Can’t complain about any good turns in October though. We’re fully in the Halloween spirit.

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